Best Makeup Removers Part 1: Micellar Waters Test & Review

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Best Makeup Removing Micellar Waters

Garnier vs. Drugstore vs. L’Oreal vs. Simple Skincare

Welcome to the first post in my Best Makeup Removers series. Each week different makeup removing products will battle it out to determine who will be the Ultimate Grand Supreme makeup removing queen!

If you are a makeup lover like I am then you are likely also obsessed with skincare, and removing your makeup is a MUST first step.

Over the years I have tried many different types of makeup removers and brands. I’ve tried so many in fact that I can’t seem to remember which ones I liked more than others.

Micellar Waters (CVS, Garnier, L'Oreal, Simple Skincare)

After a long day, I just want to get all the makeup off so whatever micellar water, wipe, oil, or balm I find first is the winner for that night.

Then I thought, maybe I shouldn’t be wasting money on makeup removers that “just do the job”. Maybe I should find the BEST makeup removers. At least that way, I can stick to a brand, maybe buy in bulk and watch out for sales on that product. Makes sense right?

Which Micellar Cleansing Water is the Best?

I’ll be testing out all of the makeup removers I own (and some newbies I’ve purchased) to see which perform the best in each category; Micellar Waters, Makeup Wipes, Remover Balms, and Remover Oils. Stick around for the next few weeks to see the results!

The challenge product: Kylie Cosmetics KoKo Collection liquid lipstick in Gorg

Micellar Waters with Kylie Cosmetics in Gina

How well does Micellar Cleansing Water work?

I applied Gorg on my left arm attempting to create identical swatches.

After the swatches dried completely, I used a standard cotton pad to apply each micellar water.

I added about the same amount of product on each cotton pad. I soaked the pad, but did not completely drench it.

Then I used one left to right swiping motion to remove the lipstick. I did not rub back and forth, therefore, a wipe (left to right) is considered 1 wipe (I hope that makes sense).

Micellar Waters test results

Micellar Cleansing Water Test Results

Micellar Waters test results

The Best Micellar Cleansing Water


L’Oreal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water

Final Thoughts on the Best Micellar Water

This is interesting! I would have bet all my money on Garnier because they seem to be the most well recognized and popular Micellar Water. Garnier did come in second place, but L’Oreal is the clear winner.

Most of the time I use Simple Skincare Micellar water because it has the least offensive smell, but I may start using my L’Oreal a little more now!

Keep in mind that this wasn’t a scientific experiment, I did do free hand swatches and some of the swatches are a little more pigmented then others.

Also, I wiped off the swatches until it seemed that no more product was coming off. Again none of this is exact, but that’s what makes it fun!

What do you think of the results?

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  1. Noneya
    May 7, 2017 / 6:50 am

    How did you get your computations? Did you just guess at what percentage makeup removal the products were effective? You simply listed Garnier 79, Drugstore 81, etc. Soooo… wouldn’t Drugstore have been second place? Just a thought but maybe 81 is a larger number than 79. You did mention that none of this was scientific, so maybe you should write that you are guessing at what percentage you think the products effectiveness rates as.

    • nubelease
      May 9, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Thank you so much for commenting!

      In the Process section I attempted to explain that 1 left to right swipe of my soaked cotton pad was considered 1 wipe, but I didnt explain that the numbers at the end represent the number of wipes it took to get the liquid lipstick off. I should have been more clear on that. So, it took the L’Oreal product the least amount of wipes to get off the lipstick, and the Garnier came in second place with taking just 79 wipes. The last two products took over 80 wipes to get the product off so they were in last place. I hope Ive explained that better 🙂